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Welcome to the South East Kelowna Irrigation District web site. For information about the district you can search this site by using the drop down menus on the menu bar above. Feel free to contact district staff by phone if you cannot find the information you are looking for or if you want additional information not posted on this site.

Regular office hours are from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Monday to Friday. In the case of an emergency, on-call staff can be contacted 24 hours a day by calling 250 861-4200.

Carreer Opportunity:

Water Distribution System Operator

 

The South East Kelowna Irrigation District is looking for an experienced water distribution system operator to join our staff. Shortlisted applicants will have direct experience in all aspects of water distribution system operations including service and pipeline installation, repair and maintenance. The successful candidate will become an integral part of our operations team and contribute to the ongoing operations and maintenance of a Class IV Water Distribution System.

Preferred credentials:
  • Completion of Grade 12
  • Direct experience installing and repairing water mains and services
  • Certification as a Water Distribution System Operator Level 2 or higher.
  • Individuals with a proven track record in all aspects of water distribution operations including chlorine handling, water meters, PRV operations and maintenance, and watermain/water service repairs and installations.
  • Possession of a Chlorine Handlers Certificate.

Must be available for weekend, on-call and stand-by shifts and live within a reasonable distance to respond to emergencies.

The job comes with an excellent benefit package and municipal pension plan. For more information about SEKID visit www.sekid.ca. Those interested are invited to forward a resume and cover letter by September 15, 2015 in strict confidence to the South East Kelowna Irrigation District, PO Box 28064 RPO East Kelowna, BC V1W 4A6 or email to: info@sekid.ca.

 

SEKID would like to thank all applicants for their interest and resumes. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

Last Day of the 2015 Irrigation Season:

September 27, 2015

 

A motion has been passed by the Board of Trustees setting the last day of irrigation as Sunday, September 27, 2015. Irrigation services irrigating after that date are in violation of Bylaw #640, unless they have been granted a late irrigation exemption. Requests for late irrigation can be made by completing a "Special Irrigation Application Form" at the district office. Applications for late irrigation will be considered on case by case basis. Late irrigation will not be granted to land in excess of the annual allotment.

 

District staff will begin shutting down irrigation services September 28, 2015. We remind landowners it is not necessary to have SEKID shut off the main irrigation service to the property before winterizing their irrigation systems. Landowners can shut off the water to their systems using their own isolation valve. Requests for irrigation shut offs will only be granted under special circumstances: do not book compressors unless you are absolutly sure your isolation valve is fully functional and you are able to winterize your system without SEKID's assistance.

 

We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to all landowners who have stayed within the annual allotment for their land. It has been an exceptionally dry year and we commend you for your responsible use of our community water resources.

 

2015 Irrigation Season:

Board takes action against excess water use

 

The Board of Trustees passed a motion at a regular board meeting July 16, 2015 intended to protect our community water supply from excessive water use. Irrigation meters were read by district staff the week of July 6 and a few properties in the district had already exceeded the annual allotment for their property. Many more properties are close to using their allotment - barely halfway through the irrigation season!

 

As noted in our spring newsletter, water supplies this year are low. Below average snowfall, combined with the lack of spring rains have put a strain on the supply side of our water balance. On the other hand, hot dry weather throughout the spring and summer have increased the demand for water. June demand was 38% above the 20 year average . Our main reservoir, McCulloch Reservoir, is at the level we would not expect until September, a full month ahead of normal.

 

The Board of Trustees has determined that the following action will be taken against any property that exceeds the irrigation allotment for their property:

 

  • Water Service will be shut off for a period of five days
  • A $100.00 turn on fee must be paid

 

  • The metered rate penalty owing at the time of the infraction must be paid

 

For more information about SEKID's Agricultural Metering Program, or for information about how to read your water meter or calculate the amount of your metered rate penaly, follow this link: Agricultural Metering Program.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

 

  • There is LESS water available per person in the Okanagan than anywhere else in Canada.
  • The Okanagan has one of the highest rates of water use per person in Canada.
  • 24% of ALL water used in the Okanagan is used on our household lawns and gardens.

 

For more information on how to conserve water and a chance to win great prizes at the same time, visit the Make Water Work web page!

 

 

 

Spring 2015 Newsletter available online

 

Click here, for the latest copy of the district newsletter. This edition has important news about the Water Quality Improvement Program, the outlook for our 2015 water supply and water use regulations for both domestic and agricultural users.


Moving Forward: A Plan of Action for Improving SEKID Water Quality


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The South East Kelowna Irrigation District (SEKID) is taking another step in the move toward meeting mandatory provincial water quality standards and ratepayers' demands for higher quality water.


Taking into account the feedback received from ratepayers since the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) was introduced in 2012, trustees have developed a feasible funding plan that avoids borrowing by constructing the new system in two phases. Read More ».



2015 Toll Information - Updated

The following table provides a summary of the 2015 tolls and includes the new Water Quality Improvement Program levy, which will be added to Phase 1 customers beginning in July.

Domestic Tolls for 2015

(Discount applies to annual charges paid on or before February 27, 2015)

 

Annual Toll

Hall Rd.

Special Charge

Sub-total

Discount

WQIP levy July to December

Total

Savings

Phase 1

$571.80

$0

$571.80

-$9.00

$120.00

$682.80

$9.00

P1 Hall Road Area

$571.80

$60.00

$691.80

-$9.00

$120.00

$742.80

$9.00

Phase 2

$571.80

 

$571.80

-$9.00

 

$562.80

$9.00

 


2015 Irrigation Season

 

District staff now have all of the metered irrigation services turned on and ready to go. The exceptions include services that require repair or do not have an isolation valve in proper working order. It is manadatory for all irrigation connections to have an isolation valve downstream of the irrigation meter and it is the owner's responsibility to make sure that valve is working properly. Staff have been instructed to leave services without a working isolation valve off until repairs have been made.

The Board of Trustees have determined that the 2015 irrigation allotment will be 2.25 acre feet per acre of water rights. Note that we anticipate the runoff from this years snow pack to be low and urge all landowners to think about their water use and conserve as much as possible. Staff will be on the lookout for water waste and will be enforcing the irrigation bylaw provisions designed to minimize water waste.

 

Water Quality Notifications:

The latest water quality notificationj news release can be read at this link:

News Release WQA 2014

If you are interested in receiving notification by email of water quality changes, please go to the Kelowna Joint Water Committee web site and sign up to receive the latest water quality notifications.

 


 

 

Keep Zebra and Quagga mussels out of B.C.

Zebra and Quagga mussels are exotic mollusks that have wreaked havoc accross the eastern seaboard and mid-west of North America. They thrive in freshwater lakes and have serious economic impacts wherever they spread. They are now reaching the western states and are moving steadily towards B.C.

Follow this link to find out more about these mussels and how to stop their spread:

 

 

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